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MD: Baltimore County lawmaker proposes banning student sex offenders from school campuses

[ – 2/10/20]

A Baltimore County state senator is drafting a proposal to prohibit student sex offenders from school campuses statewide.
Baltimore County state Sen. Kathy Klausmeier on Monday said the bill would apply to registered sex offenders regardless of their age — prekindergarten through high school. The state already has laws prohibiting other sex offenders from school campuses, she said.

The proposal comes after Santino E. Sudano, a 21-year-old Parkville High School student, was charged in December with second degree rape, according to court documents. Sudano had pleaded guilty to a fourth degree sex offense in April 2018. The charges in the two cases were first reported by Fox 45.

Klausmeier said she was “appalled” to hear what happened at Parkville High. She vowed lawmakers “will stop this from ever occurring again.”

“The bill will say that no sex offender is allowed at any school, period,” she said.

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Wait. A 21 year old high school student? 21? In high school?

@C I wondered about that too. Apparently you can be in highschool until 21 but may no longer attend the day you turn 21 and that’s Federal so I’m not sure how that happened.

What a logical, sensible and smart piece of legislation!

Oh, Baltimore. What a massive, steaming S hole.

Yet another law inspired by an isolated incident that will accomplish absolutely nothing in terms of prevention.

More knee-jerk bullcrap from an isolated incident. Another solution looking for a problem. Morons!!!

If this bill ever passes would this be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back? Would this finally highlight to the world what is wrong with the Registry? Would this cause an onslaught of future lawsuits? Would this be taken all the way to the Supreme Court and finally be deemed unconstitutional?

Here’s a news clip showcasing these knee jerk politicians being all serious and self-important…thinking to themselves how this will get them re-elected.


This is odd. After reading the article, the second charged incident occurred not at a school, but at the person’s home. So why make it applicable to all schools?

Next point, maybe this person is part of the 3% that recidivates?

We do need scientific research that refutes the scaremongering false data and narrative being displayed.

We do not know if he did this or that, any many low level crap is mixed with this sexual hysteria and Communist justice !

Several things here:

1) The registry did not preclude the student from attending, even though it was known he was on it, so the registry was NOT used against the man unlike many others who have had it used against them.

2) He is now facing a second allegation and, if convicted, would put him in the very small single digit minority of those who do repeat while on the registry, but shows the registry does not protect and is not a safety net because many people were involved in working to get this man his high school education while knowing he was on the registry.

3) MD lawmakers need to look at this part of the matter and recognize the conclusions above to do away with the registry overall.

“She vowed to stop this from ever happening again…”
Obviously the laws work with
Spousal abuse
Drug offenses
Animal cruelty………..
Laws do not stop people from breaking them, we are all proof of that!
Banning a person from society or any part of it does not stop the next offender. Why do they think prisons are so full. PEOPLE BREAK LAWS. Address the individual offense.

Hey SCOTUS, remember what you said in Smith about RCs not facing banishment? Ummm….yeah.

Wait… How does this affect compulary education and the protections and guaranees of the 14th Amendment? What about the guaratee of a free public education for ALL US children? She did say this would apply to ALL RSOs regardless of age. This plainly unconstitutional on its face as it is a violation of the equal protection clause as applied to minors forced to register.

@KM in SoCal, I think that’s actually question for the courts. The right to the education certainly exists but the right to an equal education might not because sex offenders are not a protected class like race or sexual orientation etc would be. Therefore, while the education must be provided they may be able to get away with providing it differently rather than in an actual school.

@M C

That’s a scary thought that the system has figured out a way to not protect children by simply labeling them $ex offenders.

Even if this passes I don’t see this go very well once outraged parents start protesting in the media and the courts.

I hate to say this but these injustices are what is needed to push national dialogue against the Registry.

@Bill, I agree that it’s a scary thought to be sure. I would have to research but I believe I’ve seen case law in the past that suggests that sex offenders are not a protected class which leads me to believe that would be used to argue that the right to equal education may not include someone who has the sex offender label. Its not totally clear to me based on that because you would be applying a test regarding who is a protected class for adults that a court may say can not be applied in the same way towards a child so who knows where it would end up. It is clear though that case law regarding the right to equal education does not seem to include someone who committed a criminal act in its language.

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